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Fast Cakes [Paperback]

Mary Berry
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Book Description

1 Jan 1983

The recipes in Fast Cakes are really fast! Most of them can be prepared in less than ten minutes and baked in under and hour. These are not instant cakes but proper cakes of all kinds - from old nursery favourites such as Fruit Cake, Gingerbread and the reassuringly named, Can't-go-wrong Chocolate Cake to the more adventurous but equally speedy delights of Praline Meringue, Iced Queen Cakes and Mocha Gateau.

This tempting selection includes delicious chapters on tray bakes, no-bake cakes, tea breads, scones and biscuits as well as an invaluable introduction, a sensible emergency section, useful hints and straightforward children's recipes. Altogether this is the complete book for busy bakers.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (1 Jan 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751504904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751504903
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Berry is the author of more than sixty cookery books, including her bestselling Aga book. She has presented several television cookery series and is a regular guest on programmes such as 'Saturday Cooks'. She contributes to radio programmes and cookery magazines, and is loved for her practical and unfussy approach to preparing and serving food. She gives many demonstrations around the country and when at home loves being with her family and tending to her lovely garden, her other great passion.

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Interesting and unusual suggestions for cakes that can be created in minutes...Many are simple enough for children to make (GOOD Housekeeping)

Will appeal to anyone who loves baking but does not have time to wade through laborious techniques (IDEAL HOME)

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Baking made easy in minutes!

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Ideal for family tea and children's parties because making them requires so little trouble that it leaves you free to concentrate on other party specialities. Read the first page
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Do you ever need to make a 'production batch' of cakes? Someone says 'we are running a cake stall - can you..?' This book has the basic recipes you need for these occasions, with enough variations that you can come up with two or three or more types of cake (individual or tray bakes) or one or two larger ones any time you need them. I especially like the lemon cake topping - crunchy, sweet, sharp, and incredibly easy! The way it is laid out makes it easy to work out that (for example) the Queen Cake recipe makes an eight-inch sponge if a single cake is wanted. I have recommended this book to a lot of people.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this really is the best cake book ever 8 Oct 2004
By A Customer
I've had this book for probably getting on 20 years, and it keeps coming out time and time again!
It has fabulous easy to follow recipes, and with ingredients usually found in the cupboard. Only today my 12 year old made 4 recipes and was thoroughly satisfied with herself-she is my 3rd child to now use it!
Our book is falling to pieces and covered in cake mix, but we've all had great fun using it. You would never believe there were so many different cake recipes, and so easy and tasty too!
You do need to double or one and a half times the quantity of some of them though! I actually came to Amazon looking for a replacement and ended up writing a review as well.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best and easiest cake book ever written! 2 April 2006
By M. Todd
I started baking using this book at about the age of 11. Thats how easy this book is to use! Ten years on and its still my favourite baking book!
A large range of recipes for tray bakes, small cakes, large cakes, no bake cakes, scones, children, and biscuits. Each recipe has a little introductory sentence which recommends each cake for a particular occasion. Helpful tips on how to store the cakes and a fantastic introduction make this book really easy to use.
All the cakes I've made from this book have worked really well and been very tasty!
The only draw back is lack of pictures but in the hardback version there are a few. In fact I find pictures often put you off making the cake as it looks too difficult!
Highly recommended!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
My 10 year old twins and I have used the recipes from this book so often it's falling to pieces and splattered in cake mix.
Lots of delicious recipes, such as the mincemeat brownies, and the can't-go-wrong chocolate cake, didn't. With toppings we hadn't come across before.
Only one small niggle - some of the recipe amounts did not seem to fill the tray size specified - or did someone nibble the raw cake mix.
Would love to see this as a spiral bound with washable surfaces.
You'll use it again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAST CAKES, FIRM FAVOURITE 6 Nov 2009
By kiwicat
This book is out of print but, if you can get your hands on a copy, just go for it. Not for nothing is Mary Berry called the Queen of Cakes. The recipes are totally dependable, easy to follow and there are plenty of good photographs. I just love this book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cake book-ever! 10 Nov 2002
By C. M. Collier VINE VOICE
This is a fantastic cake book.All the cakes are so easy,and you always get compliments.The section on tray bakes is amazing;one basic recipe will make seven different cakes with a few alterations,and she tells you exactly how to do each one.
Don't worry if you've never made a cake before,she talks you through it,and you never need another cake book.I've had this book for years and I have'nt nearly used up all the recipes yet-I just keep making the same ones over and over again but a bit different,and no one has noticed!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a life saver!! 5 Jan 2003
This book is easy to follow and the recipes very easy to make.
Faced with an unusually large hungry horde decending on us for Christmas, I was desperate to get my freezer full of goodies beforehand. This was a life saver for me and I would recommend it to anyone who cooks for charity, coffee mornings or just family visiting with the grandchildren, who is looking for good results, simply and quickly (and in my case, large quantities!!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baking made simple 6 Nov 2009
I was amazed how simple the recipes were, I made a Maderia cake, putting all ingredients in the mixer, and beating

for one minute. Results wonderful. Cut in Half added jam and butter icing, Iced the cake with roll on icing.

Hey presto very reasonably priced birthday cake. Happy customer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Berry
This woman can do no wrong where I am concerned. She is a marvellous cook and very good for explaining what she is doing.
Published 6 days ago by Boadicea
3.0 out of 5 stars No Photos
I agree with others, it would have been nice to have had a few photos. It does have loads of recipes and I'm guessing most work although I did see one which stated that the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Debs.H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I've just started baking again and found the recipes in this book perfect. They work every time. I'm so glad I bought it.
Published 19 days ago by Diane D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Mary Berry's fast cakes
Good book for me with plenty of choice of small cakes, tray bakes, large cakes and special cakes.
Can not give it 5 stars as i have not made enough of them. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Peter Rendle
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary's book
An excellent book for a novice, with plenty of tips, pity my tins didn't arrive in good order to enable me to bake a cake.
Published 22 days ago by Lesley Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars mary berry fan
i have a few of Mary Berry's cookbooks, which i absolutely love, and whilst the receipies in this book are indeed fast and easy receipies, i must say i do prefer a cookbook to have... Read more
Published 1 month ago by blondie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Really really good

Family are delighted with results

Waistlines might suffer but worth it

Would recommend to all easy and simple to follow... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maggie Gilmartin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best for simplicity
This is a lovely little book. Uses less eggs than her later more recent books, but all the better for that in my opinion. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs D.M. Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick baking
A really useful book that makes superb cakes every time. Bought a replacement for one that fell apart through overuse.
Published 1 month ago by cricketmad
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present
Can't comment as I gave the book to one of my daughters for her birthday but she seemed thrilled with it
Published 1 month ago by labrador
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